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May the army of millions of dead of all nations bear witness to humanity for the hope that future generations may learn to discard war as the best way to resolve their differences. This is the little-known story of Heavy Panzer (Tiger) Battalion 507 told through the recollections of the men who fought with the unit. The book was conceived during a reunion of the 507' at Rohrdorf in 1982, where it was agreed to set up an editorial committee under Helmut Schneider, himself a veteran of the battalion, to search for as many survivors of the unit as possible and gather their reminiscences. The resulting account is a treasure trove of first-hand material, from personal memories, diary entries and letters to leave passes, wartime newspaper cuttings, Wehrmacht bulletins and more than 160 photographs. The account follows the unit from its formation in 1943 and the catastrophic events on the Eastern Front, through battles on the Western Front and engagements against the American 3rd Armoured Division to the confusion of retreat, panic-stricken flight and Soviet captivity in the closing stages of the war. Product Information: ISBN: 9781784386313 Author: Helmut Schneider Publisher: Greenhill Books Format: Hardback Pages: 288 Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.8 x 2.8cm

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Renia is a young girl who dreams of becoming a poet. But Renia is Jewish, she lives in Poland and the year is 1939. When Russia and Germany invade her country, Renia's world shatters. Separated from her mother, her life takes on a new urgency as she flees Przemysl to escape night bombing raids, observes the disappearances of other Jewish families and, finally, witnesses the creation of the ghetto. But alongside the terror of war, there is also great beauty, as she begins to find her voice as a writer and falls in love for the first time. She and the boy she falls in love with, Zygmunt, share their first kiss a few hours before the Nazis reach her hometown. And it is Zygmunt who writes the final, heartbreaking entry in Renia’s diary. Recently rediscovered after seventy years, Renia’s Diary is already being described as a classic of Holocaust literature. Written with a clarity and skill that is reminiscent of Anne Frank, Renia's Diary also includes a prologue and epilogue by Renia's sister Elizabeth, as well as an introduction by Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of Denial. It is an extraordinary testament to both the horrors of war, and to the life that can exist even in the darkest times. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529105049 • Author: Renia Spiegel • Publisher: Ebury Press • Format: Paperback • Pages: 464 • Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.4 x 4.1cm

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The 8.8cm Flugzeugabwehrkanone 18/36/37/41 - more popularly known as the 'Flak 88' - was one of the most successful and influential artillery gun types in the German arsenal in the Second World War. Developed during the 1920s and 1930s, the gun combined accuracy, a high muzzle velocity and a rapid rate of fire (15-20rpm). Although at first developed as an anti-aircraft gun, it went on to achieve equal repute as an anti-tank weapon, imposing horrific casualties on Allied armor across all major European and North African theaters of war. In one clash in Normandy, in June 1944, for example, a single Luftwaffe 8.8cm battery destroyed some 40 Allied tanks. Product Information: ISBN: 9781785211331 Author: Chris McNab Publisher: Haynes Format: Hardback Pages: 192 Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.9 x 1.6cm

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For the first time, legendary DEA operatives Steve Murphy and Javier F. Pena tell the true story of how they took down Pablo Escobar. Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's brutal Medellin Cartel was responsible for trafficking tonnes of cocaines to North America and Europe in the 1980s and '90s. Colombia became a war zone as his sicarios mercilessly murdered thousands of people - competitors, police and civilians - to ensure he remained Colombia's reigning kingpin. With billions in personal income, Escobar bought off politicians and lawmen and became a hero to poorer communities by building houses and sports centres. He was untouchable. From their rigorous physical training and early assignments in Miami and Austin, to the Colombian mission that would make their names, Manhuntersis the jaw-dropping true story of how the world's most infamous narcoterrorist was finally put out of business. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472268358 • Author: Stephen E Murphy • Publisher: Headline • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.2cm

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It was the Summer of 1940 and underground operative, Witold Pilecki, has accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people... But when discovering the terrifying Nazi plans, Witold is about to endure a battle over the next two and a half years as he smuggles evidence of Nazi atrocities out of Auschwitz. Shaping the Allies response to the Holocaust, his story has often been forgotten. ...Until now. The first account drawing on unpublished family papers, archival documents and exclusive interviews with resistance fighters, it is time to discover how this individual brought the fight to the Nazis at the heart of their evil designs. A truly enthralling story of resistance and heroism and one man's attempt to change the course of history. 'Gripping, revelatory, surreal' - Simon Sebag Montefiore. 'Remarkable' - Peter Frankopan. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780753558003• Author: Jack Fairweather• Publisher: W T Allen• Format: Hardback• Pages: 505• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 4cm

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'Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. We can't afford to stay silent. This book is an attempt to speak'. The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race... Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today. THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ANDWINNER OF THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS NON-FICTION NARRATIVE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018! Product Information: • ISBN: 9781408870587 • Author: Reni Eddo-Lodge • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing • Format: Paperback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 2.4cm

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The Phantom Atlas is an atlas of the world not as it ever existed, but as it was thought to be. These marvellous and mysterious phantoms - non-existent islands, invented mountain ranges, mythical civilisations and other fictitious geography - were all at various times presented as facts on maps and atlases. This book is a collection of striking antique maps that display the most erroneous cartography, with each illustration accompanied by the story behind it. Exploration, map-making and mythology are all brought together to create a colourful tapestry of monsters, heroes and volcanoes; swindlers, mirages and murderers. Sometimes the stories are almost impossible to believe, and remarkably, some of the errors were still on display in maps published in the 21st century. The Phantom Atlas is a beautifully produced volume, packed with stunning maps and drawings of places and people that never existed. The remarkable stories behind them all are brilliantly told by Edward Brooke-Hitching in a book that will appeal to cartophiles everywhere. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781471159459• Format: Hardback• Author: Edward Brooke-Hitching• Publisher: Simon { Schuster• Pages: 256• Dimensions: 25 x 20 x 2.5cm

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Regarded by many as one of the greatest tanks ever built, the German Panther is probably the finest medium tank of the Second World War and certainly the most numerous German panzer in wartime service, with some 7,000 built. It combined firepower, armour protection and mobility that was unmatched by any other tank of the period. In the Panther Tank Owners' Workshop Manual, author Mark Healy looks at the development, construction and fighting qualities of the Panther, as well as including insights into what it was like to operate and maintain. He focuses on surviving Panthers at the German Armour Museum in Munster (Panther Ausf A) and the later Panther Ausf G at the Tank Museum, Bovington, as his centrepieces and draws on a range of documentary and photographic information sources in Germany, the USA and France. Product Information: ISBN: 9781785212147 Author: Mark Healy Publisher: Haynes Format: Hardback Pages: 192 Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.9 x 1.6cm

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"The enemy bomber grew larger in my sights and the rear gunner was sprayed by my guns just as he opened fire. The rest was merely a matter of seconds. The bomber fell like a stone out of the sky and exploded on the ground. The nightmare came to an end." In this enthralling memoir, the author recounts his experiences of the war years and traces the story of the ace fighter pilots from the German development of radar to the Battle of Britain. Johnen flew his first operational mission in July 1941, having completed his blind-flying training. In his first couple of years he brought down two enemy planes. The tally went up rapidly once the air war was escalated in spring 1943, when Air Marshal Arthur Harris of the RAF Bomber Command began the campaign dubbed the Battle of the Ruhr. He and his crew were interned by the authorities. The Germans were deeply worried about leaving a sophisticatedly equipped night fighter and its important air crew in the hands of a foreign government, even if it was a neutral one. After negotiations involving G ring, the prisoners were released. Johnen's unit moved to Hungary and by October 1944 his score was standing at 33 aerial kills. His final one came in March the following year, once Johnen had moved back to Germany. Product Information: ISBN: 9781784385644 Author: Wilhelm Johnen Publisher: Greenhill Books Format: Paperback Pages: 320 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.3cm

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Born Vera Welch on 20 March, 1917 in the East End of London, Dame Vera Lynn s career was set from an early age - along with her father, who also did a turn , she sang in Working Men's Clubs from just seven years old. She had a successful radio career with Joe Loss and Charlie Kunz in the 1920s and 30s, but it was with World War II that she became the iconic figure that captured the imagination of the national public. Her spirit and verve, along with her ability to connect with the men fighting for their country and those left behind praying for their loved ones, made her the Forces sweetheart. Performing the songs that she will always be associated with, such as We ll Meet Again and Yours , Vera toured Egypt, India and Burma to entertain the troops and bring them a sense of back home . Product Information: • ISBN: 9780007318919 • Author: Dame Vera Lynn • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 12 x 2.3cm

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Operation Overlord was one of the greatest ever military offensives, working to free Europe from the yoke of Nazism. Starting with the landings on D-Day, Victory in Europe traces the Allied struggle to create a foothold in "Fortress Europe". Overcoming initial setbacks, the final crossing of the Rhine and the advance into Germany changed the course of European history forever. This gripping story is told from the perspective of the service men at the centre of the operation, and how their bravery and doggedness made the defeat of Hitler's hordes possible. Illustrated with over 100 black and white photos and maps, Victory in Europe is a thrilling read on the final offensive push against Adolf Hitler. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781839402692• Author: Karen Farrington• Publisher: Arcturus Publishing• Format: Paperback• Pages: 144• Dimensions: 178 x 252mm

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Discover the blaze of British pride and technology with this beautiful de Havilland Comet aircraft! Being the world's first jet airliner, delve into everything there is to know on the inaugural passenger-carrying flight. Heralding a new era of luxurious, smooth and quiet air travel in 1952, explore why it was the envy on the world! Product Information:• ISBN: 9780857338327• Author: Brain Rivas• Publisher: Haynes• Format: Hardback• Pages: 176• Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm

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Delve into the life and times of the Great British soldier, or Tommy, and learn all there is to know on equipping and training for war. Explore the abiding fascination with the uniform and equipment of the Great War Tommy and discover the aspects of his uniform and equipment, drill and training, weapons and defences. This guide is packed full of colour images with historical interpreters wearing uniforms, carrying the equipment and digging trenches, giving them personal insights into the practicalities of the life of a Great War Tommy. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785212574• Author: Peter Doyle• Publisher: Haynes• Format: Paperback• Pages: 156• Dimensions: 26 x 21 x 1cm

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It is the 1930s in Vienna and after the Nazis annex Austria, the Kleinmann family's ordinary and simple world is turned upside down. With neighbours turning on them and their business seized, the threat to the family becomes greater than ever before. Nazi police send Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann, father and son, to Buchenwald in Germany for what was about to be an unimaginable and tragic ordeal. Through months of suffering and torturous work, there is one constant that keeps the pair alive : the strong love between father and son. Delve into a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of a father and son and their experience in Auschwitz, based on meticulous archival research and Gustav's secret diary for the first time ever released. A story of love, courage, strength and heart-break in the face of unparalleled horrors. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780241448496• Author: Jeremy Dronfield• Publisher: Penguin Books• Format: Hardback• Pages: 415• Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 4.5cm

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The RAF Lancaster bombers took the war into the very heart of Hitler's Reich in the Second World War, destroying its cities and industrial centres with more than 600,000 tons of bombs! Flying some of the most daring bomber operations of the war including the intrepid daylight attack on the MAN diesel engine factory in Bavaria in 1942; the legendary dams raid in 1943; and the attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz in 1944. With full cooperation of the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Haynes Avro Lancaster Manual gives a rare and fascinating insight insight into how the Lancaster is constructed, flown, operated and serviced! Product Information: ISBN: 9780857338303 Author: Jarrod Cotter & Paul Blackah Publisher: Haynes Format: Hardback Pages: 162 Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 1.5cm

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Forced to do hard labour, starved and savagely beaten, British soldier Arthur Dodd thought his life would end in Auschwitz. Determined to go down fighting, he risked his life to sabotage Nazi industrial work and alleviate the suffering of Jewish prisoners. This shocking true story presents the largely unknown story of the military POWs held there.

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They called him the 'angriest black man in America' . . . Celebrated and vilified the world over for his courageous but bitter fight to gain for millions of black men and women the equality and respect denied them by their white neighbours, Malcolm X inspired as many people in the United States as he caused to fear him. His remarkable autobiography, completed just before his murder in 1965, ranges from Omaha and Michigan to Harlem and Mecca, and tells of a young, disenfranchised man whose descent into drug addition, robbery and prison was only reversed by his belief in the rights struggle for black America, and his conversion to the Nation of Islam. Not only is this an enormously important record of the Civil Rights Movement in America, but also the scintillating story of a man who refused to allow anyone to tell him who or what he was. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780141032726 • Author: Malcolm X • Publisher: Penguin Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 512 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 3.4cm

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Discover this rakish fighter and why it became known as the 'mount of aces' in this fantastic guide to the Royal Factor S.E.5! Being the most successful fighter pilot of Britain and her Empire and throughout the last 18 months of World War I. The Spitfire of the Western Front, this beauty delivered greater speed, range, firepower and performance than the vast majority of it's opposition. Explore everything there is to know on this mighty masterpiece as the Royal Flying Corps gradually won air superiority over the trenches. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780857338464• Author: Nick Garton• Publisher: Haynes• Format: Hardback• Pages: 160• Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm

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The extraordinary sound and site of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flights that soar overhead is really something to remember... The Flight serves as a important reminder of the 544 RAF aircrew that were killed during the Battle of Britain in 1940 - 'Lest we forget'. With six spitfires, two hurricanes, a Lancaster, Dakota and two Chipmunks all in 2015, enjoy this unique access to the Flight itself and examine every aspect of the team at work. Discover the flight's engineers and join the pilots to take a look at the flypasts and formations that the BBMF has been involved in over the years. Celebrate the mighty Memorial Flight with Keith Wilson and delve into the unique insight of it's history as the significant and powerful aircraft it was. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780857335166• Author: Keith Wilson• Publisher: Haynes• Format: Hardback• Pages: 157• Dimensions: 28 x 21 x 2cm

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Initially made for an Army battlefield helicopter, the Westland Lynx first entered Royal Navy's Fleet Arm in 1976 and began seeking action in operations like the Falklands War of 1982 and the Gulf War of 1991. Focusing on the final Rolls-Royce Gem-powered version of the Lynx, the HMA Mk.8, discover all there is to know on its success, counter-piracy and humanitarian assistance roles in recent years. Keeping the international sea lanes safe and protecting British assets all around the world, enjoy 300 photographs and technical drawings in this unique insight. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780857338143• Author: Lee Howard• Publisher: Haynes• Format: Hardback• Pages: 164• Dimensions: 28 x 21.5 x 2cm

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